US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Opinions
Fletcher v. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Opinion Date: December 6, 2021
Judge: Jacques Loeb Wiener, Jr.
Areas of Law: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law
The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of the Department's motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that Louisiana has not waived its sovereign immunity for claims under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In this case, plaintiff filed suit for disability discrimination under the Act after he was terminated from his job of nearly twenty-four years based on his medical problems. The court also denied plaintiff's request to certify a question to the Louisiana Supreme Court, concluding that this case does not present a genuinely unsettled matter of Louisiana law and thus certification is not appropriate.
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